NPTI taught me how to sustain a career as personal trainer
by James Anderson
I don't believe that NPTI is a waste of time at all ... of course that depends on which NPTI you go to. I went to NPTI Colorado and they do A LOT ... They not only teach you what you need to know to pass the CPT exam for NSCA, NASM, ACE or any of the other top exams, they teach you business, they teach the ACE Lifestyle and Weight Management course, they teach tons of program design, they give you access to PTontheNet.com for free, they even let you train clients for free in Denver for three months after you graduate. I can't say enough good things about NPTI Colorado. I loved my instructors, Kendra, Craig, Kurt, and Vanessa ... they're the best. I think NPTI Colorado is the only location that also pays for half of your CPT exam, too. Not sure.
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NPTI seems a little too good to be true, to be honest. I am really interested in going to school rather than just getting a huge book and studying on my own. However, I did contact the Norwalk CT branch and got the most awful email back. Maybe Im just picky, but I feel like if you are representing a country wide company, you should know the different between "are" and "our" and know how to put periods at the end of a sentence. It really made me question their authenticity. Should I be worried? Or am I just overreacting? I dont want to blow $6000 on a bad school, but I definitely dont want to spend $15,000 on the other school in my area.
The truth is a lot of the teachers just want your money.
I feel like I got screwed over and lied too about getting a certification. Only in the state of Arizona is it considered to be a Certification. Everywhere else it's a diploma.
Good Points: 500 hours (the state of GA is going through licensure requirements for personal trainers and they are looking at 500 hours plus a certification.
Hands on training (depends on your teacher)- you do get hands on training in the gym. there is a con to this tho.
Get to work with a variety of people
Cons: Way too expensive. I found out I could have gotten an NCCA accredited cert for way cheaper.
The hands on training is only effective if you have a good teacher. For example the first three months our teacher taught us nothing about form except to breathe on exertion and keep your back straight. We got new teachers the second half that taught us interesting things like the way you flex your foot can help or hinder a certain exercise.
The knowledge you gain really totally depends on how good your teacher is. If your teacher sucks you are lost for good. We were lucky (not) to go through 4 teachers. Hopefully it will get worked out. I would say two out of the four actually cared about us.
I went to the San Francisco location of the NPTI. I bought into it at first, but as time progressed, my instructor obviously ran out of info and just began repeating himself. Then halfway through, a group of new students arrived, and it became even worse. Frank, the instructor, was basically an ego maniac who spent alot of the time talking about how awesome he is. So much stuff was left out of the 500 hours, that when I got hired at Ballys I was totally lost. The trainers there were nice enough to help me get up to speed. From there, I got a job at Club Sport, and they wouldn't let me train until I got ACE certified, because they didn't recognize the NPTI cert. All in all, it was a huge waste of over 5000 dollars. Do yourself a favor, if you want to be a personal trainer, just go with ACE.
I am in NPTI Raleigh and it sucks. The teachers are smart as hell but they can't teach for shit. The two hour gym time is the biggest waste. Most of the time the instructors are still in the classroom. No homework, no quizzes, just a test every two weeks which gets graded by your peers while the teacher calls off the answers. It's not school at all, it's just bullshit. The smoke and mirrors on the website should have caught my eye but they didn't. They accept students who the teacher knows will never step foot in a gym as a trainer in their life. They sell job placement when they can't guarantee because 99% of gyms want NSCA, NASM, ACE, etc. If you are lost, have 6 months, 500 hours, $6300, and just want to sit around and waste time with people that you don't enjoy, then come to NPTI and let the time wasting, half-ass "mock training", social hour bullshit begin..
Great curriculum, excellent training but terrible customer service, and they treated me horribly at the orlando campus.
I cant speak for the other campuses, but as of NPTI Orlando and the corporate office phone calls I can tell you that even though these guys do get top level education the staff have a terrible attitude and treat you like crap if they decide they dont like you. They did this to me and one other guy I knew in another class and the classmates bullied me and him and from all the trash talk I overheard the staff say about him and all the trash I caught the instructors saying about me and other things I was told by some classmates I suspect they were indirectly encouraging the the bullying and bad behavior indirectly.
These staff played favoritism to only people they like while they bad mouth the paying students they dont like and mistreat them. The reason you dont hear this often is because these guys will treat most of the class great but single out the one or two guys they decide they dont like. And nobody has spoken out about this so I will. I was physically assaulted on the residential area by two people which im sure my classmates set that up, I was discriminated against because of my sexual orientation, and one of the instructors verbally disrespected me when I was asking specific questions pertinent to the course telling me "do you expect me to mother you?" Shes a d*** teacher and her job is to answer my questions thats what I paid her to do.
I have many more horror stories of bad customer service after I graduated but I'm typing on my smartphone and I dont have all day. In short I paid a five star pay for the worst treatment I ever received, I had to travel across state for terrible customer service and I received better courtesy and customer service and courtesy from NESTA and ACTION and these groups answered ALL my question and quickly even a local community college never treated me like this.
This was the worst experience in my life and for an executive price of around 10000 USD, while I got better treatment from ACTION for FREE online without traveling.
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